UPDATE: A Holden Commodore ute has been retrieved from a waterlogged drain between the northbound and southbound lanes of the Bruce Hwy at Palmview.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services swift water rescue specialists did an initial search of the water before tow truck drivers started the retrieval process.

Emergency crews were alerted to the stricken vehicle about 7am.

A ute is pulled from a waterlogged drain on the Bruce Hwy.
A ute is pulled from a waterlogged drain on the Bruce Hwy.

There were fears the driver may have been trapped in the water underneath the ute.

However, registration checks allowed police to contact the owner, who confirmed he was alright and the ute had been there since last night.

The rescuers stood down but tow truck drivers had to step up their efforts in the difficult retrieval.

Highway traffic in both directions was reduced to one lane while tow truck drivers tried to recover the ute.

It caused queues for more than 3km.

The retrieval team almost had the ute out and then it dropped back into the drain before a second successful attempt about 8.40am.

Tow truck drivers try to retrieve an abandoned ute from a highway drain at Palmview.
Tow truck drivers try to retrieve an abandoned ute from a highway drain at Palmview.

Skid marks suggested the ute may have been travelling south when it left the highway.

Police are investigating.

EARLIER: Early morning commuters raised alarm bells after spotting a vehicle overturned in a water filled drain in the median strip of the Bruce Highway, near Glenview.

The Swift Water Rescue team were called in just before 7am.

On arrival they discovered the engine to the late model black Holden ute was cold, the keys were removed and window were open.

A search was conducted of the surrounding area but no-one was found. 

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Motorists alerted emergency services after discovering a vehicle upside in water logged drain off the Bruce Highway. Swift Water Rescue are on site searching.
Motorists alerted emergency services after discovering a vehicle upside in water logged drain off the Bruce Highway. Swift Water Rescue are on site searching. Stuart Cumming

The crash site is about 300 metres south of Aussie World. 

Southbound traffic is backed up for a couple of kilometres, with only one lane open.

Claytons Towing are on scene attempting to remove the vehicle.

Swift Water Rescue will conduct another search of the waterway once the ute has been removed. 
 


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